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SkateBIRD

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports
Developer: Glass Bottom Games
Release Date: Sept. 16, 2021

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'SkateBIRD' Shows Off Its Accessibility Options - Trailer

by Rainier on June 12, 2021 @ 11:42 a.m. PDT

Grind on bendy straws, kick-flip over staplers, and carve killer lines through cardboard and sticky tape parks in SkateBIRD.

You're a lonely lil' bird, and your Big Friend has hung up their board for good. Their job sucks, and lately, they're barely ever home to play with you. You're gonna fix all that with the power of being a chill little skateboarding bird. You may be tiny, but the more you skate, the more friends you’ll make. Birds will come check out your park, help you find more parks, and together you'll (somehow) fix Big Friend's life!

Drop into micro skateparks that turn everyday objects into bird-sized obstacles. Wrap a talon around intuitive, accessible controls that make linking together free-flowing lines a breeze. Grind, flip, and spin through stages while completing challenges to unlock fancy new gear, fresh fits, and secret mixtapes jammed with lo-fi beats for the birb boarders to chill and skate to. 

In SkateBIRD, pulling off tricks is nice, but doing your best is really all that matters. Tackle five levels flush with trickable materials and DIY parks. Boardslide down staplers, 360 flip off a repurposed eraser kicker ramp, and carve perfect bowls—just watch out for leftover cereal! 

Rack up high scores that are nothing to crow at. Complete missions to progress through stages ranging from your Big Friend’s bedroom to a scenic rooftop and a sick server room prime for top-secret sessions. Or free skate through the world at a leisurely pace. Grow your flock and wow them with fluttering flicks, owlsome combos, and impeckable tricks.

Choose from more than 30 species of birds and kit them out with wild wardrobes. Don a cowboy hat or a fez while shredding around your Big Friend’s office, or keep it mellow and strap a backpack on for a quick session in the bedroom. Become the world’s first tiny hawk to pull off a backside 540 or see if a pygmy parrot can nosestall on a magazine halfpipe. Like the relaxed control scheme, SkateBIRD’s customization options are all about self expression.

SkateBIRD features combined a series of accessibility-minded options to ease rapid inputs and hand travel. 

Players can toggle the ability to push automatically when the ollie button is held down, merge the ollie button with flip tricks/grinds/grabs to reduce right-hand inputs, and alter the game speed to customize their experience however they see fit.

“SkateBIRD is all about trying your best, and we want to make sure everyone can shred,” said Megan Fox. “We hope our accessibility options allow players to have the best experience possible.”

And if you bail, you just get back up - because above all else, skate birds try their best!

Key Features:

  • Explore lots of bird-sized parks, with simple controls familiar to any pro skating tiny hawk.
  • Find fancy clothing, secret mixtapes of new music, birds that need your help, and more!
  • Skate to an original low-fi birb-hop soundtrack - or drop in your own mp3s!

SkateBIRD is coming to PC (Steam, Itch.io, Amazon Luna, and Xbox Game Pass), Nintendo Switch and Xbox One (Xbox Series X|S via forward compatibility) on August 12, 2021 for $19.99., with no further mention of the PS4 version made.


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